Best Supporting Actress – 1979

Official Nominations: Meryl Streep. Jane Alexander. Barbara Barrie. Candice Bergen. Mariel Hemmingway.

We have another selection of crap to wade through this year – highlighted by the fact that Meryl Streep was nominated (and won) here instead of being in the Lead category. That’s purely because they wanted both Field and Streep as winners. In any case, Streep is the the choice here. She is joined by another Kramer Vs Kramer star – Jane Alexander – as the neighbour who, at different times, befriends both Kramer and Kramer. She’s good, as she always is. Barbara Barrie as the mum in Breaking Away is another puzzler – it’s a veteran nomination without her really being a veteran in the movie sense, and the role and the performance aren’t anything out of the ordinary. It’s another case of The Academy liking a particular film, then chucking a pile of awards at at.

The final two nominations are not something I would personally ever choose, with Bergen being a mostly one-joke unlikable character, played with conviction of course, and Hemmingway coming across as the latest unfortunate victim of Woody Allen’s filthy games. The performance is okay. As much as Streep shouldn’t be in this category, she’s the only choice.

My Winner: Meryl Streep

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My Nominations: Jessica Lange. Meryl Streep. Talia Shire. Pat Evison.

No-one makes it over to my list this year. Is that a first? If The Academy is going to put Meryl here, then I’m going to put Jessica Lange. Know that I’ll be grasping and reaching a little this year. It’s more of a supporting role than Streep’s. Lange plays the Angel Of Death in All That Jazz who watches over Gideon in his final moments, often in surreal scenes. But wait, Meryl Streep is on my list – for a different movie – The Seduction Of Joe Tynan – one of those forgotten political dramas that was going out of vogue. Streep plays a married woman who begins an affair with Joe Tynan – it’s Streep so you know what you’re getting, even if it isn’t one of her most memorable performances. Talia Shire I nominate because she’s still great as Adrian in the Rocky sequel (and there isn’t much else to choose from) and Evison I nominate for the little known Australian movie Tim where she stars as Mel Gibson’s protective mother. A crap year all round, so pick whoever you like really.

My Winner: Jessica Lange

Let us know your winner in the comments!

One thought on “Best Supporting Actress – 1979

  1. John Charet January 11, 2021 / 4:00 am

    For me, it would be Mariel Hemingway for Woody Allen’s Manhattan 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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